Criticism for lying and evading responsibility in the position statement interview… called for resignation
Minister Lee, adhering to the situation in the Ministry of Public Administration and Security ”covers” … People’s Unity for Participatory Democracy “blocks the investigation”
“Minister Lee Sang-min lied and boasted that it could not have been solved by using police and firefighting personnel in advance… . What were you doing when the lives of our flower sons and daughters went out like candlelight?”
The Minister of Public Administration and Security Lee Sang-min was called several times in a press conference held on the 22nd to express the situation of the families of the victims of the ‘Itaewon Halloween Tragedy’. The bereaved families asked Minister Lee, who is responsible for disaster management and security, to take responsibility. At the same time, he criticized the attitude of Minister Lee, who has been constantly rumored since the disaster. A bereaved family who met with the people’s power leaders the day before said, “I see it as not a disaster, but an indirect assassination by the government.”
Minister Lee’s position, which draws a line on the theory of responsibility for the Itaewon disaster, is getting narrower day by day. The Special Investigation Headquarters of the National Police Agency (special version) launched a mandatory investigation into the Ministry of Public Administration and Security, and the bereaved families of the disaster directly criticized Minister Lee.
After the disaster, the controversy surrounding Minister Lee continued. On the 30th of last month, the day after the disaster, it was just the beginning of the comments made to avoid responsibility, saying, “It was not a problem that could be solved even if the police had used in advance.” A similar story continued every day. The day before, it was revealed that the Ministry of Public Administration and Security has a list of families bereaved by the disaster. Minister Lee’s comments in the National Assembly, saying, “I don’t even have a list of people, let alone contact numbers,” regarding the information of the grieving families of the disaster, are either lies or statements that are not gone through basic facts. -check. At the time, Minister Lee also said, “I don’t know why the members do not accept what a member of the State Council is saying and still think he is lying.”
It is not just the legends that originate from the absence of empathy and the attitude of avoiding responsibility. Attention is drawn to the fact that Minister Lee, booked as a suspect on charges such as neglect of the civil service and accidental death, is an obstacle to proper investigation and finding the truth.
For example, in materials distributed on the 10th and 21st, the Ministry of Public Administration and Security stated, “[Awst diwethaf]there were very strong objections in the process of establishing the police station and enacting the command rules, so the organization and the workforce because command and supervision rights were not reflected.” .
The line was drawn when the ‘police theory of responsibility’ related to the disaster spilled over into ‘Minister Lee’s theory of responsibility’. There is criticism that this aspect of the Ministry of Public Administration and Security, a senior police agency, can be a guide for special investigations.
The People’s Unity for Participatory Democracy released a statement immediately after the press conference for the bereaved family that day and said, “Although he is one of the top officials in charge of disaster and national security, Lee Sang-min of the Department of Public Administration and Security. denies the responsibility of the state and has the right to appoint the police, which may affect the investigation of the special issue.” If the minister does not step down, it is impossible to find out the truth and punish those responsible without the sanctuary of the disaster.”